A number of doctors have requested my election speech, and others have posted parts of it on social media already. So, I though it best to put down what I said.
Doctors have a new hope for positive change. They are eager to build. It feels like we have turned a corner.
Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard this weekend!
Thank you Mr. Chair and Members of Council.
It’s time for change.
The OMA faced an unprecedented crisis:
We’ve been heckled in the legislature,
slandered in the media,
ignored for multiple pieces of legislation,
and now, after almost 4 years, we still don’t have a contract.
This is intolerable.
The OMA must do 3 things to fix this.
First, we must regain members’ trust.
We are nothing without the support of our membership.
Members must come first in everything, always, at the OMA.
Second, we must rebuild unity in the profession.
Not a superficial unity, that says, “We’re all doctors. We’re all in this together.”
That’s not good enough.
We need a profound unity that starts by addressing our fundamental differences and building a true partnership from there.
Finally, we must demand excellence from the OMA…. And excellence starts with the Board.
We have the largest labour contract in North America, and for that reason alone; we should have the best association in all of North America.
I spent six and a half years on the Board of the OMA.
I believe in the OMA.
We need a strong OMA.
But I had to resign last November, on principle, because these 3 priorities were not being addressed:
We have a big job ahead of us.
But I am certain that we—all of us here today—can build a better OMA if we do it, together.